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García Padilla discusses commercial relationship with Cuba while at White House

By on September 15, 2016

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Seeking to strengthen commercial ties with Cuba, Gov. Alejandro García Padilla held a meeting Thursday with White House officials to discuss the opening of a commercial office in the neighboring island.

During the meeting, the governor highlighted the importance in initiating a commercial relation with Cuba, due to the positive impact it would have on both islands’ companies and business.

Hundreds of Cubans and visitors from other countries gather across the street from the newly reopened U.S. Embassy to observe the flag-raising ceremony Aug. 14, 2015 in Havana, Cuba. (Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images)

Hundreds of Cubans and visitors from other countries gather across the street from the newly reopened U.S. Embassy to observe the flag-raising ceremony Aug. 14, 2015 in Havana, Cuba. (Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images)

“The opening of a commercial office in La Habana would increase opportunities for our businessmen, providing them resources and information that they wouldn’t have otherwise, and connecting them with potential clients, business partners, and industrial representatives,” García Padilla said.

The recent normalization between U.S.-Cuba relations has allowed the Puerto Rican government to begin dialog with the Cuban government and the U.S. Embassy in Cuba, to promote an economic union the governor said would facilitate diverse processes for business people and benefit the Cuban economy as well.

García Padilla’s meetings with the Association of Caribbean States (ACS) in June served to establish both Puerto Rico’s interest in opening its office on Cuban soil, as well as Cuba’s interest in effecting these plans to the benefit of both islands, and with approval from the U.S. government.

“There are already Puerto Rican businessmen in Cuba and we want to facilitate their processes, just as it is already done in other countries where we have commercial offices,” he added.

García Padilla’s administration has implemented a plan for establishing commercial offices in Latin America, with the goal to achieve new economic opportunities. The plan is part of the governor’s public policy, which seeks to reactivate the island’s economy, spreading Puerto Rico’s business offerings and opening doors so companies and investors worldwide can develop alliances with the island.

Puerto Rico has commercial offices in the Dominican Republic, Panama, Colombia and Peru. According to the governor, these offices allow other countries to know about the island’s business offering and help with business investment.

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